Saturday, July 11, 2009

Comic-Con Cometh (Thursday)

Last year (and maybe the year before, I don't remember) I posted a TV viewers' guide to Comic-Con... which basically means I went through the full schedule and pulled out all of the TV-related panels and did a nice little cut-and-paste job.


I'm talented, what can I say.

This year, however (as I previously reported), Kristen over at E! Online stole my bit and has been compiling her own TV list. Whatever, Kristen.

Now, I could just content myself with linking you to these other places that generally do a much better job than I do at this sort of thing, but this is a blog, which means there's got to be an inherent sense of "look at me! look at me!" to it.

Therefore I bring you:

Josh's San Diego Comic-Con 2009! Whee!

That's right, folks. It's a list of the panels I'm pretty sure I might be going to if I can actually do so... possibly including (lamenting?) panels that sound interesting but conflict with my A-number-1 choices.

What's great about this is three-fold:

1) You get a handy-dandy list of what are undoubtedly the best panels at Comic-Con, since I'm interested in them.
2) You get an insight into my brain and get to wonder why the Gossip Girl panel is on my list instead of Avatar (not true, merely a hilarious example of what could happen!)
3) You have the tools to stalk me!

Here we go!

THURSDAY

10:15-11:15 Summit Entertainment: Astro Boy A superhero origin story set in a futuristic world, Astro Boy is an all-new CG-animated feature film based on the classic manga about a young robot with incredible powers and his adventure-filled journey in search of his identity and destiny. Director David Bowers, producer Maryanne Grager, and stars Freddie Highmore (Astro) and Kristen Bell (Cora) debut footage exclusive to Comic-Con 2009 and answer your questions about bringing this beloved hero to the big screen. Room 6BCF

This is called scoping out the competition, since our movie opens only a month earlier.

11:00-12:30 Disney: 3D Panel— Walt Disney Pictures presents key filmmakers, select cast members and previously unseen footage from its upcoming slate, includingDisney’s A Christmas Carol, Alice In Wonderland and Tron. Special guests include Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, Sean Bailey, Steve Lisberger, and moderator Patton Oswalt.Hall H

Yes, I do want to see footage from Alice. I really, really do.

12:45-1:30 3D Showcase: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Hole, The Final Destination Get a first look at 3 brand new films in stunning 3D! First up, it's Columbia Pictures and Sony Animation'sCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, inspired by the classic children's book, the film focuses on a town where food begins to fall from the sky like rain. See an extended 3D clip from this eagerly awaited animated film!

Next up, legendary director Joe Dante (Gremlins 1 & 2, Innerspace, Explorers, The Howling) makes his return to the genre he knows best with the 3D thrillerThe Hole. Three kids come face to face with their darkest fears after they unlock a bottomless hole in the basement that makes their nightmares come to life. Join Dante—along with actress Haley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley)—as he discusses his return to thrillers, working in 3D, and The Hole.

And finally, it's The Final Destination, the new film in the popular series from Warner Bros. See an exclusive clip in 3D, from the upcoming film.Hall H

Hmm. Not sure why I want to see this one.

2:00-3:00 Sony Pictures Animation: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs In 2009, Columbia Pictures' and Sony Pictures Animation's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the classic children's book, the film focuses on a town where food begins to fall from the sky like rain. Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) is the voice of Flint Lockwood, a young inventor who dreams of creating something that will improve everyone's life. Anna Faris (The House Bunny) takes on the role of Sam Sparks, a weathergirl covering the phenomenon who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior. James Caan plays Tim Lockwood, Flint's technophobic father. SNL's Andy Samberg plays Brent, the town bully who has plagued Flint since childhood. Bruce Campbell plays Mayor Shelbourne, who figures out that Flint's invention can put the town, and more importantly himself, on the map, and Mr. T plays the by-the-rules town cop, Earl Devereaux. Bobb'e J. Thompson (Role Models) is Carl Devereaux, Earl's son. Appearing in person: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bobb'e J. Thompson, and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Room 6BCF

Ditto.

3:00-4:15 20th Century Fox and James Cameron present Avatar In this first public screening of footage in 3D from his much-anticipated action/adventure/fantasy, James Cameron, producer Jon Landau, and cast members take you to a spectacular new world beyond imagination. Conceived 14 years ago and over four years in the making, Avatarbreaks new ground in delivering a fully immersive, emotional story and reinvents the movie-going experience. Hall H

Here's where things start to get a little hairy. I probably won't get into Avatar unless I stay in Hall H all day, but if I do that, I miss the all-important previous panel. Conundrum.

4:30-5:15 Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr ParnassusCelebrating the 40th Anniversary of both Comic-Con and Monty Python, we welcome the sole American Python, the great animator and director Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys) to introduce you to his new film starring Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, and Lily Cole. Dr. Parnassus is a fabulous anachronism, touring the streets of modern-day London in a horse-drawn carnival wagon accompanied by his beautiful daughter, devoted dwarf, and neophyte barker. On stage Parnassus plays a holy man whose Imaginarium can realize the innermost fantasies of all who dare to enter. Backstage, he is a drunkard, a gambler who centuries ago lost a wager with the Devil and must now pony up with his daughter once she turns sixteen. Tomorrow. Yet, there may still be hope for the Doctor and Valentina in the person of Tony, a well-dressed amnesic they rescue from a perilous fate and invite into their world of unrelenting magic and possibility. Hall H

Mmm. Gilliam. Damn you Hall H!

5:00-6:00 Showtime: Dexter Calling all Dexter fans! If you're a Dexter fanatic and can't wait for the new season, you don't want to miss this killer panel! Moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ Entertainment Reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Plus, get an exclusive first look at clips from the new season! Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Julie Benz (Rita), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips, and Melissa Rosenberg. The new season premieres September 27 at 9:00 PM EST/PST only on Showtime! Ballroom 20

Well, this will be a nice alternative to Gilliam depending on the Hall H situation...

8:00-10:00 Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog The California Browncoats host a screening of the original three acts, followed immediately by Commentary! The Musical. See why Joss Whedon's (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) first foray into webisodic "television" was the talk of the town with critics and fans alike in 2008. Be prepared for a night of singing and surprises hosted by the fans who know what you like best. Dr. Horrible stars Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), and Felicia Day (The Guild) and is written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon (Dollhouse), Zack Whedon (Fringe), and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse). Room 6A

This one's a maybe, but, you know, it's Whedon.

Stay tuned for Friday's schedule...

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